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Rome’s Wishy-Washy Responses To Abuse Allegations Cannot Stand

January 9, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Rome’s Wishy-Washy Responses To Abuse Allegations Cannot Stand

By PHIL LAWLER (Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in CatholicCulture.org and was reprinted by LifeSiteNews. All rights reserved.) + + + “Now a bishop must be above reproach,” wrote St. Paul (1 Tim. 3:2). Apparently Bishop Alexander Salazar, whose resignation the Pope accepted December 19, was not above reproach. Yet he remained a bishop in active ministry, serving as an auxiliary in the largest archdiocese in the U.S., for more than a decade after the Vatican recognized a problem. Why? As usual the Vatican itself provided absolutely no information about the reasons for Bishop Salazar’s early resignation. It was left to an American prelate — in this case Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles — to offer an explanation.…Continue Reading

How The War Party Lost The Middle East

January 8, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on How The War Party Lost The Middle East

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Assad must go, Obama says.” So read the headline in The Washington Post, August 18, 2011. The story quoted President Barack Obama directly: “The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way…the time has come for President Assad to step aside.” France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Britain’s David Cameron signed on to the Obama ultimatum: Assad must go! Seven years and 500,000 dead Syrians later, it is Obama, Sarkozy, and Cameron who are gone. Assad still rules in Damascus, and the 2,000 Americans in Syria are coming home. Soon, says President Donald Trump. But we cannot “leave now,” insists Sen. Lindsey Graham, or “the Kurds are going…Continue Reading

2020: Year Of The Democrats? Maybe Not

January 7, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on 2020: Year Of The Democrats? Maybe Not

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN If Democrats are optimistic as 2019 begins, it is understandable. Their victory on November 6, adding 40 seats and taking control of the House of Representatives, was impressive. And with the party’s total vote far exceeding the GOP total, in places it became a rout. In the six New England states, Republicans no longer hold a single House seat. Susan Collins of Maine is the last GOP senator. In California, Democrats took the governorship, every state office, 45 of 53 House seats and both houses of the legislature by more than 2-to-1. In the Goldwater-Nixon-Reagan Golden State bastion of Orange County, no GOP congressman survived. Does this rejection of the GOP in 2018 portend the defeat…Continue Reading

Party Of The Rich . . . Democrats Hold The 20 Wealthiest Congressional Districts

January 6, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Party Of The Rich . . . Democrats Hold The 20 Wealthiest Congressional Districts

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY Each of the nation’s 20 wealthiest congressional districts, when measured by median household income, will be held by Democrats in the upcoming Congress. Republicans did not win one. These districts are not broadly dispersed. Only one is not on the East or West Coast. Seven are in or near New York City. Five are in the San Francisco Bay Area. Four are in suburbs of Washington, D.C. Two are in Southern California. One is near Boston. And another — the only one in the middle of the continent — sits west of Chicago. In the 115th Congress, which is about to expire, Republicans held four of these districts. In November’s midterm, they lost them all. California’s…Continue Reading

Power And The Community Of The Free

January 5, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Power And The Community Of The Free

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Some cultural historian of the future, some future Gibbon will record the decline and fall of a once great nation, how it lost contact with its founding documents and with the spiritual traditions which animated its growth and how it succumbed to the siren song of utopian leaders who led it to its dissolution in a visionary multicultural, borderless, universal democracy. As our nation faces a questionable future, we may turn to the past to determine in its light what the future portents. Yet as some cynic with reason once put it, “The only thing we learn from the past is that nobody learns from the past.” An often neglected cultural historian is Bertrand de Jouvenel. His…Continue Reading

FRC Says… NIH Director’s Comments Conflict With Trump Administration

January 4, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on FRC Says… NIH Director’s Comments Conflict With Trump Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a recent interview with Science Magazine, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins said that fetal tissue research “will continue to be a mainstay” and claimed those who are pro-life can support funding research involving tissue from aborted babies. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement on December 17: “Dr. Francis Collins seems to have forgotten that he no longer works for President Obama and is now working for a pro-life president. His advocacy for using aborted baby parts in research is more reflective of the previous administration rather than the Trump administration, which has consistently advanced the sanctity of human life. “Taxpayers expect their tax dollars to go to ethical and…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Two Giants Of The Twentieth Century: Born 100 Years Ago

January 3, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Two Giants Of The Twentieth Century: Born 100 Years Ago

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and a lawyer. Among his books are: Liberalism, Conservatism, and Catholicism; The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic; Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and a Catholic political novel, American Cincinnatus. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. The views expressed here are his own.) + + + In the last quarter of 2018, we marked the centenary of the birth of two…Continue Reading

American Life League Was Right!

January 2, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on American Life League Was Right!

By JUDIE BROWN A look back in time is helpful. Apparently when it comes to culture war battles over sins of the flesh such as abortion, contraception, in vitro fertilization and homosexuality among others, most Bishops are in line with American Catholics. They back away. We decided to analyze this phenomenon in the light of the sexual abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church today, and here is what we found. When American Life League launched our Canon 915 project in 2002, we did it at the request of our spiritual director, Fr. James Buckley, FSSP. In discussing the tragic disconnect between Catholic bishops and those in political and public life who say they are Catholic but support abortion, Father introduced…Continue Reading

The Balkanization Of The Church Is Unacceptable

January 1, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on The Balkanization Of The Church Is Unacceptable

By REY FLORES A Wanderer reader recently contacted me about his concerns regarding the way the Church in America has become more political than spiritual in the last few decades. He certainly isn’t the first, nor will he be the last, reader who has these same concerns and preoccupations. In my opinion, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation if we all kept our eyes and our hearts on the eternal reward. We are taught that while we are in this world, we are not of this world. Our Kingdom is up in Heaven with God, but, nevertheless, we are born into the world to serve our Lord and to bring as many other souls into the Kingdom of Heaven…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Aquinas, Private Property, And The Commonwealth

December 31, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Aquinas, Private Property, And The Commonwealth

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Hirschfeld, Mary L., Aquinas and the Market: Toward a Humane Economy. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press. Pp. xviii + 268. Mary L. Hirschfeld is an associate professor of economics and theology in the Department of Humanities, Villanova University. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Notre Dame. In a preface to the volume, she tells the reader that she chose to study in the field of economics because “I wanted to make a positive contribution to society. Accordingly, I wanted to work on developing policies that would promote widespread economic prosperity.” Hirschfeld began her teaching career at Occidental College in Los Angeles. There she taught core introductory…Continue Reading